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The Herbal List

The Herbal List
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The big thing this week is the Houston Cinema Arts Festival, which certainly bears checking out (like tonight’s Janis Joplin documentary), repeatedly, but here’s a glance at some of the other goings on about town.

 

Friday, November 13

“Scry Modulations” new paintings by Brandon Araujo — Opening at Cardoza Fine Arts, 7-10 pm, FREE.
House Music Awards — 1st Annual House Music Awards. Honoring Houston’s best Songwriters, Producers, Remixers, Artists, Dancers, Promoters and DJs! Hosted by the legendary, Jesse Saunders. Jet Lounge, 9 pm - 4 am. $12 advance, $20 at the door.
Everything Will Be Different: A Brief History of Helen of Troy — Catastrophic Theater’s new play opens Friday. Teenage Charlotte’s beautiful mother is dead. Turning for comfort to the story of Helen of Troy, Charlotte is convinced that beauty, desire and fame can help her bring her mother back and punish the world that took her away in the first place. Getting beauty tips from her popular friend, seeking career advice on how to be a porn star from a guidance counselor who may or may not be having an affair with her, and searching for love from the football jock who barely even knows she exists, Charlotte finds herself searching in fantasy for what she cannot find in reality and destroying the life of the only friend she may have had in the process. But in the depths of pain, she comes to discover an unexpected grace. 8 pm, $10-$50.

Saturday, November 14

Los Trompos (Spinning Tops) interactive art installation opening at Discovery Green -Discovery Green will energize and engage downtown this fall with a joyful interactive art installation by internationally-acclaimed Mexico City designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena. Los Trompos, or ‘the spinning tops,’ will be showcased on the park’s Sarofim Picnic Lawn from November 14, 2015 – March 22, 2016. The colorful, large-scale, temporary installation, which take their form from the common toy, will delight park visitors of all ages. Opening celebration from 2 - 5 pm, followed by an artist talk at 5 pm.

Katie Grinnan’s Astrology Orchestra — Los Angeles-based artist Katie Grinnan’s Astrology Orchestra is an ongoing symphonic performance project. Each instrument represents a planetary position and maps the artist’s astrological birth chart as seen from the perspective of each planet. The chart is translated into the strings of handmade instruments that are tuned accordingly. At the Turrell Skyspace at Rice University, 3 pm, FREE.
Borderlines: Volume Two Book Launch — Celebrate with us our newest publication with music from DJ Q from KarmaDJs and Gulfton’s own DJ Lalo, food, drinks and more! Throughout the afternoon, we will screen Borderlines short films by Karen Martinez, and contributors including Michelle Garcia, Shirin Herman, Sehba Sarwar and Christina Sisk PhD available to sign catalogues. [Full disclosure: I appear in the book and will also be at the event.] 3:30-5:30 pm, FREE.

Houston Turkish Festival — The 24th annual Houston Turkish Festival will take place at the Jones Plaza on Saturday and Sunday November 14th and 15th, 2015. The doors open at 11 AM both days and close at 11 PM on Saturday and 10 PM on Sunday. Jones Plaza downtown, FREE.

Magnolia Park Block Party — This was supposed to happen on Halloween but it got rescheduled because of rain. Live music, food, and fun for the whole family. At Don Carlos Mexican Restaurant, 11 am - 5 pm. FREE.

Phytosophie & The Invisible Man — Cardoza Fine Art and Civic TV Collective present the performance art event Phytosophie & The Invisible Man, an experimental live presentation of poems, surreal atmospheres, video projection and music. Join Paris-based performance artist, musician and poet Phytosophie and Dan Workman, AKA the Invisible Man, for live performance art and music from their debut album OTTO (2015 GroupGroup). This will be the only U.S. show this year. Special guest performance by Two Star Symphony (7pm) and art by John Champion and Brandon Araujo. At Cardoza Fine Art. FREE admission. EARLY show (7-10pm).

William Close and the Earth Harp Collective — Experimental musician and innovator William Close turns Miller into a musical instrument with help from dancers, aerialists, artists, and the Earth Harp — the largest stringed instrument on the planet. Miller Outdoor Theater, 7 pm, FREE.

 

Wow…That’s it. That’s all I got. I could list my usual Monday pick’s, but they’d just be the same as every week. Hmph. Hope to see you around!